Roy’s Sunday Letter for June 4, 2023

  • The Best Years Club at Como Community Center hosted their 2nd Annual Art Fair on Saturday. Beth and her artists showed 160 + art pieces. Beth coaches and encourages 24 Black and 3 Hispanic elders each Wednesday. The elders encourage and learn from each other. As one 82 year-old said, “I had no art experience and feared I couldn’t do it. But, now on Wednesday, I am an artist.”

** Saturday, I joined others around Texas and across the US by wearing Orange, as our way of standing against gun violence and harm to innocents. There were speakers, panels, storytelling, and education, and, of course, Tshirts. Across town there was the monthly Gun Show with over-flow lines and parking.

  • Kind of odd how it happened, Beth and I were asked to be on the cover and inside photo and profile piece for June’s Westover Hills Neighborhood magazine. We gave the published information and posed for photos. But, we did not see the content until print in the mailbox. Hopefully I will have a magazine link, for those interested, next Sunday.

** Interview with researcher/author of “Finding Meaningful Work In The Post Career World.” My War II/Navy father wanted protection and safety from the Ft Worth National Bank. I was mission, make a difference oriented in my nonprofit career. Research shows today’s younger generation desires meaningful work, that improves the world and the people on it. All the “find your career” books of my day were written for and about white males. Our complex Now world bridges gender, culture, life-styles, and both capabilities and disabilities. “Work” has a social and a collective context in 2023.

  • I do not know the writer, but I am comfortable with “Happiness is an act of defiance, a revolutionary act.” These are days of and difficulties and distortions. So, to stand with Happiness is my right life position for 2023.

** This week my mind is full of fragments. Here are a few. What travel memories linger with you? Where will you travel next (if even on YouTube)? Who have you not shared coffee and stories with lately? So, what is stopping you from doing so now, even with digital or remote? What foods do you enjoy the most? What foods are not your best choices? If you and I were sharing an iced tea, what would you tell me?

Roy at 79 plus one week


  1. Sandra Soria on June 4, 2023 at 6:23 am


    Do you and Beth ever go to Roy Pope? I’d love to meet you all for a lunch or just a cup of coffee this week. Sounds like Wednesday is busy for Beth, so how about Tuesday or Friday afternoon?

    • Roy Bowen on June 5, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      All of a sudden, after a year of turning over rocks, many parts of life are coming together.
      Beth and her elders at Como Community Center held the 2nd Annual Arts Show on Saturday.
      160 pieces of art.

      How about Tuesday afternoon, June 13. Time flexible. You are working we are not.
      Roy Pope is the place.
      Thanks for the asking….Roy and Beth

  2. Dave Steward on June 4, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Hania and I would wish to share an early morning with you and Beth over a light breakfast. Discussion would go where it would go. Think y’all should fly east for some salt air.

    • Roy Bowen on June 5, 2023 at 6:55 am

      WE talked about travel this week. We now wish we had travelled more when younger…..that working thing you know
      You model the best of trael for us and others….and thank you for doing so. We Value you both in the best of ways.

  3. Frank Long on June 4, 2023 at 7:08 am

    The richness of life is amazing. You and Beth are surrounded by so many blessings. Your observations and philosophy of life are inspiring to all of us. Thank you. Hugs

    • Roy Bowen on June 4, 2023 at 4:15 pm

      Beth, as you know, if the better of the two.
      We are amazed at the life events, faces, of our Now life.
      We are grateful.
      You and Harry are a true part of how we define ourselves 2023.
      Hope to see on campus on the 7th…..Roy

    • Roy Bowen on June 5, 2023 at 6:52 am

      Covid took many lives and our first years in FW. We are now finding our feet, Spirit, and connections. Not easy. I resist withdrawing.
      You and Harry important to us…..hope to see you on campus on the 7th….Roy

  4. Linda M on June 4, 2023 at 11:07 am

    If you and I were sharing an iced tea, I would tell you how much you have influenced my life as a person and one who is privileged to lead. I would share with you that you created a safe space for leaders to express, emote, discuss and reflect. Along with making a space to find solutions, share successes and failures with equal merit. I would share with you that I love you and keep our friendship in my heart each and every day. And that I can’t wait to see you in person either here in Santa Fe (October) or my next trip to Texas. Love you Forever Friend. Linda M

    PS: Your hand-written letter that included your tracing of your own hand with the notes on each finger touched my heart like no others at a time when my heart was broken. Thank you.

    • Roy Bowen on June 4, 2023 at 4:12 pm

      I am honored/humbled by your note. Learning Circle was one of my best vocational ideas. Treasure the circle of chairs, the honesty.
      I had a fantasy of doing the same here. 2 weeks later Covid shut down the world. i was forced to create, not replicate.
      My Tshirt reads, I Am Not Through….whatever that means.
      We will learn across the table holding hands, telling stories soon.

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